baby ugg shoes Baby formula warehouse in Sydney reveals China’s obsession
EXCLUSIVE: China’s insatiable thirst for Australian baby formula revealed: Inside the Sydney warehouse which distributes TONNES of infant milk every day but company claims it’s ONLY for locals
A Sydney warehouse is daily selling tonnes of baby formula that ends up in ChinaDaily Mail Australia witnessed dozens of vehicles being loaded full with formulaThe company said they don’t sell overseas, but also ‘didn’t ask’ where it ends upPopularity of high quality baby formula in China has seen demand boom recentlyThousands of boxes of brands such as Aptamil and A2 are kept in the warehouseBy
A nondescript warehouse tucked down the back of an industrial estate has revealed the full extent of China’s insatiable thirst for Australian baby formula.
Tonnes of ‘white gold’ from leading brands Aptamil and A2 were among hundreds of pallets found inside the warehouse at Silverwater, in Sydney’s west, on Tuesday.
From there, thousands of tins are packaged and indirectly shipped to China, as well as being distributed locally, despite limits imposed by supermarkets on how much customers can buy off their shelves in Australia.
Top Warehouse, the business behind the warehouse, said it did not ‘directly sell baby formula overseas’, claiming it was just a ‘middle man’ and didn’t ask customers about where its products ended up.
But a former worker at the factory told Daily Mail Australia huge shipments are sent to China ‘on a daily basis’.
While observing their operation on Tuesday, Daily Mail Australia witnessed dozens of vehicles arrive at the warehouse to be loaded up with baby formula.
It’s understood many of those collecting baby formula were owners of Asian grocers and duty free stores across the city.
These stores then sell the products to Chinese tourists to take on the plane home with them.
Mike Chen, manager at Top Warehouse, said that where the formula ended up once it left the warehouse really wasn’t the company’s concern.
‘Basically what we do is we take the order off the customers and we give them what we get in from Aptamil,
‘ Mr Chen said.
‘Mainly, we are selling to local businesses.. I believe (but) we’re not going to ask and they are not going to tell us about where their product is going.’
Aptamil Australia’s parent company Danone refused to discuss the warehouse’s mass distribution or if it regulated the supply to Chinese markets.
‘We don’t disclose information about our commercial relationships which are confidential in nature,’ a spokeswoman for Danone said.
A worker at a neighbouring business inside the industrial estate said the warehouse had popped up in recent months and was constantly distributing baby formula.
Similar warehouses to this one are reportedly located all over Australia.
Professional Asian shoppers raiding shelves at Coles, Woolworths and other stores across the country have become common place in recent years.
While it’s legal, the practice has left Australian parents outraged at their now reduced access to the once freely accessible product.
So enormous is the demand from China that Aptamil has increased its production of its formula by 50 per cent in the past three months.
Earlier this year Woolworths announced it would be sending its homebrand products to China, feeding the endless appetite of the nation.
Some international shoppers are happy to pay prices marked up to 1000 per cent, so sought after is the high quality milk powder.
While Mr Chen admitted he was aware of the controversy surrounding the demand for baby formula overseas, he said their deal with Aptamil restricted who they sold to.
‘OK, so I watch the news and maybe some of the businesses go in and grab the stuff from the supermarket (shelves),’ he said.
‘First, we are not doing anything with the supermarket. We only do business with the local gift (duty free) shops and we are not having any problem with them.
‘We are not stocking huge amounts of stuff back to China, we are not doing that. We distribute to all the gift shops and distribute to all the customers we can find out in.’
But despite claims by the company that the products are being kept local, it appears that’s not always the case.
Top Warehouse management admitted he was aware of conjecture surrounding the demand for baby formula overseas,
but said their deal with Aptamil restricted who they sell to